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Friday, August 1, 2014

Why Won't Chuck Todd Correct False Gaza Story?

While appearing on the Thursday edition of Chuck Todd's MSNBC programThe Daily Rundown, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer asked Todd if he would help correct a false accusation made by MSNBC's Gaza-based reporter and Hamas sympathizer, Ayman Mohyeldin, who blamed Israel for an attack on a school which was actually caused by terrorist rockets. Instead of acknowledging Dermer's request, Todd ignored Dermer and moved to another question.

Todd's line of questioning focused on the civilian casualties. He acknowledged that Israel took many steps to avoid casualties and naively asked why Israeli soldiers didn't go door to door (under fire) and move the civilians to other areas. Dermer's diplomatic response was to put Hamas' radicalism in context:
We have to understand, Chuck, who we're dealing with. This is al Qaeda. This is Israel's al Qaeda, that's what Hamas is. They are committed to our destruction. They're a genocidal organization. They don't care about their own people. They were dancing on 9/11, dancing. Hamas was dancing with thousands of Americans dead. The Prime Minister of Hamas condemned the United States for killing Usama Bin Laden. So you're dealing with al Qaeda. So ask me, how would you accompany these civilians, help them get out of harm's way when al Qaeda fighters are actually attacking your troops. So this is very difficult. It's very complicated. We're doing things that no country has done to get civilians out of harm's way. We're not perfect, we make mistakes. We investigate it. It's important to always report the facts.
Dermer went on to talk about the false story and asked Todd and Ayman Mohyeldin to correct it, but Todd didn't respond. Dermer continued:
A couple of days ago, you know, there was an attack on a hospital in Gaza and there was an attack on a refugee camp. One of your reporters actually rushed to judgment; said it was an Israeli drone. It turns out it wasn't an Israeli drone. It was a rocket fired by Islamic Jihad. Four rockets were fired within Gaza. One of them went to the sea, one of them hit that hospital, one of them hit a refugee camp, one of them went to Ashkelon and was intercepted by Iron Dome. So it's important after you make an allegation, I would just ask you, Chuck, and your reporter in Gaza, correct the mistake he made.
Neither Todd nor Ayman Mohyeldin corrected the false story later on Thursday or on Friday through 4:45pm EDT.

Senior U.N. Official Admits Hamas Using Their Gaza Facilites To Launch Rockets

Interviewed on CBC, Canadian National Radio John Ging Director of the United Nation Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Hamas terrorists "are firing their rockets into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas." This statement by a senior UN official confirms what the Israel has said repeatedly since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, that Hamas uses Gaza's civilian population as a human shield.

Ging began the interview by saying the U.N. had forensic evidence that Israel was responsible for the Sept. 30 attack on the U.N. School in Gaza, something Israel has not denied but asserted that they are fired at by Hamas forces near the school. He followed by talking about the human shields.
Ging: The militants, Hamas, and the other armed groups, they are firing also their weaponry, the rockets, into Israel from the vicinity of these [UN] installations and housing and so on, so the combat is being conducted very much in a residential built up area.

Interviewer: The Israeli government has said repeatedly that Hamas is using human shields, they are using UN schools, hospitals -- not only, by the way, to store weapons -- I know 3 UN-run schools have been found with munitions stored in them, as weapons depots -- but in the UN's experience, is Hamas or militant groups, Islamic Jihad, are they launching rockets nearby these shelters, these UN schools? Are they using it essentially as a shelter?

Ging: Yes, the armed groups are firing their rockets into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas, absolutely.

Newsbusted: Obama's EPA Demanding An End To Capitalism

Many of the promoters of the global warming hypothesis believe a big contributor to the non-existent global warming is industrialism and capitalism.  Last week 130 worldwide environmental groups called for the end of capitalism. But that is not all.   According to Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below), the EPA has contacted the President demanding that the U.S. abandon capitalism to save the environment.

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from Newsbusters.org (embedded below) include; the latest Obamacare screw-up; California couples lawn watering conundrum; Rachel Maddow's claim about deportations; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week the manager of Hamas' electric plant forgot to press play and his entire plant was blown up by an Israeli rocket.  So if you want electricity you ...you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here

The Hyper-Focus On Palestinian Casualties is Absurd, Antisemitic, And Encourages Use of Human Shields

The hyper-focus on Palestinian casualties displayed by the administration and the mainstream media is absurd, appeases the Hamas use of civilians as human shields and anti-Semitic all at the same time.

Generally before showing the pictures of dead Palestinians or criticizing Israel for the civilian deaths a media commentator or Administration official will admit that "Israel has the right to defend themselves," "Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel," "Hamas uses it citizens as human shields," and Israel "Goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties. Usually those words are followed with a "but," statement such as, Israel's response is disproportionate, "it's slaughter" as Juan Williams called it on The Five Thursday, or even it's appearing "to be indiscriminate, is asinine," which were Joe Scarborough's words on Thursday's Morning Joe.

Now examine those typical phrases for a moment. If Israel has the right to defend itself, Hamas is using Gaza civilians as human shields and Israel goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties they still occur, the logical conclusion is that Israel shouldn't be bashed for the civilian deaths--Hamas should.

Similarly, if one believes Hamas started the conflict by sending rockets and building tunnels into Israel, and Israel has the right to defend itself than calling an operation to destroy the rockets and tunnels disproportionate is absurd.

Some would say Israel should concentrate on negotiations. But they never explain how Israel can negotiate with an entity that believes it should be destroyed and all its Jewish citizens destroyed. What would a compromise look like? Kill every other Jew? They, never explain how Israel negotiates with an entity which on Friday morning broke a cease-fire with a a kidnapping of an Israeli soldier? That's the eighth cease-fire broken by Hamas in the 24 days of Operation Protective Edge.

With the bashing Israel over the civilian casualties President Obama and his administration, as well as the mainstream media is appeasing Hamas and encouraging its use of human shields. They are proving the Hamas strategy works. After all the focus should on the Hamas aggression instead blaming Israel for the Hamas-caused civilian deaths. If Hamas believes their strategy they are going to do it even more. The deaths of civilians on either side is horrible and should be criticized, but the blame is being placed on the wrong party.

Finally, whether or not it is meant that way, the hyper-focus on civilian casualties is an indication of Antisemtism.

Two weeks ago Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch said to U.N. critics of Israel:
If in the past year you didn’t cry out when thousands of protesters were killed and injured by Turkey, Egypt and Libya, when more victims than ever were hanged by Iran, women and children in Afghanistan were bombed, whole communities were massacred in South Sudan, 1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in Syria, hundreds in Pakistan were killed by jihadist terror attacks, 10,000 Iraqis were killed by terrorists, villagers were slaughtered in Nigeria, but you only cry out for Gaza, then you are not pro human rights, you are only anti-Israel.
In one hour there is more attention by Israel's critics in the administration and the media given to the Gaza civilian casualties, than those same critics give to the civilian casualties mentioned above in an entire year. All civilian casualties are horrible. Those casualty numbers are much larger than the Palestinian casualties during the past 23 days.

So why would do they select Israel for their censure? Well Israel is different from the nations mentioned above in two distinct ways. It is only true democracy in the area and it is a homeland for the Jewish people. I doubt very highly that Israel's critics in the mainstream media and the Obama administration hate democracy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

German Jews Warned: Hide Your Jewishness 'The Risk Of Being Target Of An Attack Is Too Large'



Things are getting so dangerous for Jewish people living in Germany that the former president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, has advised her fellow German Jews to hide their Jewishness, saying, "The risk of being target of an attack is too large."

As reported by German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (and translated by Google), Knobloch gave her warning after the fire-bombing of the synagogue in Wuppertal ​(and covered here at The Lid) and previous anti-Semitic incidents.

Knoblauch, who is now the president of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, said: "What we're witnessing is the most difficult and most threatening time since 1945. There are constant insults and hate slogans by phone, but also via e-mail. The mailboxes flows."

She added that Jew-hatred is back in Germany and it must never be accepted: "I could never have imagined that we would have to experience such a thing in Germany again. Unrestrained, the Jew-baiting in our country has reached a new level. And it's time for all those responsible to ask: 'What must we do to protect Jewish citizens?'"

Knobloch also spoke about the lack of support for German Jews from her non-Jewish neighbors: "I do not hear the cry: 'That's it!' We long for a broad front of resistance against this Jew-baiting. But the masses are silent. He who is silent now, affirms what happens."